About Hello Taee

Hey there babe, welcome to HelloTaee!

I’m your friendly neighbourhood blogger, Tae, over here talking about a few of my favourite things, like where to find the best fat girl fashion trends, amazing beauty products that I love, dating, money and basically anything else that I think is important.

Plus-size women make up a huge amount of the population, but we’re just there. We exist as a reminder of something that people don’t want to end up like. Even much of the body positivity movement is championed by people who think they’re doing us a favour.

I’ve been looking for a community of women who have the same experiences that I do. Somewhere where I could ready about how to fit all of my plus-size clothing into a carry-on (I’ve tried girl, it’s hard), where to find a bodysuit for a body that’s the “average” size or who has the best wide-width shoes.

But alas, nothing.

Then it occurred to me, I’m a blogger. I’ve been a corporate writer and blogger for years. It’s about high time I use my blogging powers for good and focus on creating things that I love. And voila, Hello, Taee was born.

Plus size bodies come in all shapes and sizes… 

…so, I think it’s important to tell you a bit about mine for context.

I’m one of those people that “doesn’t look fat” all the time―I chalk this up to the fact that while I currently weigh over 300 lbs, I’m 5’8 and my fat tends to spread out pretty evenly. Instead of my weight focusing on an area like my stomach or hips, it goes everywhere.

I’ve got fat legs, arms, a large stomach, chubby face, and massive feet―but small boobs, I’m not sure who’s joke that was.

Clothing-wise, I’m pretty lucky. Despite the fact that the scale tips over 300 lbs, I can usually shove my body into a size 2X or 3X (roughly an 18 to 22), which puts me in the small to mid-size fat range. Which means that while it’s not a piece of cake to find clothing, I get more options than women in the 4X or large range.

Shoes are where the serious problem hits for me. Do you know how hard it is to find an 11-wide? Damn near impossible. Rarely can I pick up a pair off the shelves, I often have to get something special ordered or go with men’s shoes. And finding something like compression socks for a reasonable price is a joke.

We all have problems 

You might also notice strange patches on my arms and legs in photos, that would be psoriasis. It’s an autoimmune disease that I often explain as an allergy to anything my body decides to be allergic to that day.

My immune system often gets its signals crossed and ends up attacking my skin, forming those uncomfortable-looking patches. It sucks because it’s incredibly itchy (and sometimes painful), it scars, and generally just doesn’t look nice. But I can’t really hold it against my body, it honestly thinks it’s helping.

I also have polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS. It means my ovaries don’t work the same way they’re supposed to. They’re not exactly fertile ground for growing a cherub or three, so no kiddos for this guy.

For the record, I don’t want kids. I love hearing stories about yours, but my life is more than full with cool aunt status. I’m one of those people that enjoys the act of giving children back to their rightful owners, a joy that would be crushed if they were mine. To top it all off, I walk pigeon-toed, which means my shoes, which are hard to find, don’t last long. I also have back problems, due to sciatica―which is when you pinch or otherwise injure your sciatic nerve.

Where I come from 

I’m blessed to have been born and raised in the beautiful country of Canada, which is why you might notice I use both Canadian and American spelling interchangably. Canada, if you’ve never visited, is a truly beautiful country. I highly recommend you add it to your list, summertime is best, unless bitter cold is your thing.

I grew up in a middle-class family, and while we struggled a bit while I was younger, we always had food on the table and a roof over our heads. I’ve spent my life living in the western Canadian province of Alberta, known for its desert prairies and gorgeous mountains―home to the sets of many of your favourite films and TV shows are filmed like Fargo, Interstellar, The Revenant, Inception, three incarnations of Superman, and the mountain scenes of Jumanji: The Next Level (you can read all about my love of film on the blog Popcorn + Tea).

Not only did I grow up in Alberta, but save for a few trips I’ve spent my entire adult life here too. I went to school for 10 years and got my bachelors and masters, then went off and started my own business. But in 2020, I decided to almost sell everything I own and set off on a little adventure. I figure it’s time I get out there and see the world.

And while you can read about my adventures on the road or learn to start your own business at Girl on the Run, Hello, Taee is really my blogging hub. It’s here that you’ll find my daily thoughts in the form of blog posts, be able to download awesome products like The Ultimate Guide to Shopping Online for Plus-Size Clothing and sign up for our weekly newsletter (which you WILL NOT want to miss).

Blogging & Podcasting, Oh My!

Not only will your daily dose of fat girl lifestyle here on HelloTaee, but since you’re here anyway, make sure you check out the podcast, The Fattest Girl in the Room.

The Fattest Girl in the Room is a fat girl lifestyle podcast where we talk about everything from body positivity ? and finding clothes that make you feel sexy as hell to online dating, and pop culture. It’s available on all of your favourite podcatching platforms.

I am SO GLAD you’re here. We’re going to have the best time.

If you’re not sure where to start, here’s what I recommend:

We’ve got a ton of goodies coming up so bookmark HelloTaee and come visit us often!

p.s. if you want to get in touch with me or anyone on my team, you can do so via our contact page, or by emailing hi@hellotaee.com.